Bongbong Marcos vehemently said that the Comelec Chair’s alleged involvement in his digital election fraud issue with Smartmatic in his electoral protest is just speculation as of now. The recount is yet to start which is estimated to begin in the middle of August but so far, there’s no advice yet to the media on this particular event.
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[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos on alleged Smartmatic bribery issue: It’s all speculation.
The brother of Comelec Chair Andres Bautista advises the Chairman to go kill himself if corruption allegations against him are true. “I told my brother corruption is bad. So I told him, you know if this is true, you should commit suicide. He denied it, and I believe my brother”, Dr. Martin Bautista said upon his arrival from the US to defend his brother. Psychologically speaking, the doctor just wants to stress on their family’s core value. That, they would rather die than commit corruption. However, in some cases, family members are the last to know.
Martin is also confident that the Comelec chief did not lie about his SALN contrary to his wife’s revelations. “He is that confident that he would not MIS declare his SALN. And that’s why I am here, to back him up,” Martin added. Patricia Bautista insinuates that her husband may have a hidden wealth as she disputes her half of their legal assets. She also shows evidence that Chairman Bautista receives a referral fee from Smartmatic who supplies the VCMs for the digital elections.
Effect on the Election Protest
“Let Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre determine. Let the DOJ and BIR investigate. We only ask for transparency. We are not hiding anything, my brother did not steal anything,” he said. This is also what Bongbong Marcos suggested – to let the authorities investigate the accusations against Chairman Bautista.
Dr. Bautista pleads that; “This should not taint the elections. This should not cast any doubt on the outcome of the elections. There was no fraud there,” the Comelec chief’s brother added. He may be right about his brother but the recount is yet to start. His opinion on this matter won’t hold the truth. He asked not to judge his brother at this point in time and that is fair. However, he should also refrain from making conclusions with regards to the 2016 election. Especially now that the electoral protest of Bongbong Marcos against Leni Robredo is still ongoing.